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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Comet Wirtanen Passes by the Earth

Today Comet Wirtanen passes by the Earth. The kilometer-sized dirty snowball orbits the Sun every 5.4 years, ranging as far out as Jupiter and as close in as the Earth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: December's Comet Wirtanen

Coming close in mid-December, Comet 46P Wirtanen hangs in this starry sky over the bell tower of a Romanesque church.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Shells of Stars in Elliptical Galaxy PGC 42871

How do galaxies grow? To help find out, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed to image the unusual elliptical galaxy PGC 42871.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Star Trails and the Bracewell Radio Sundial

Sundials use the location of a shadow to measure the Earth's rotation and indicate the time of day.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Centaurus A

Only 11 million light-years away, Centaurus A is the closest active galaxy to planet Earth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Dark Nebulas across Taurus

Sometimes even the dark dust of interstellar space has a serene beauty.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Seven Dusty Sisters

Is this really the famous Pleaides star cluster? Known for its iconic blue stars, the Pleaides is shown here in infrared light where the surrounding dust outshines the stars.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Crab from Space

The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, expanding debris from the death explosion of a massive star

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Apollo 17: A Stereo View from Lunar Orbit

Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this awesome stereo view of another world

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Comet PanSTARRS is near the Edge

The comet PanSTARRS also known as the blue comet (C/2016 R2) really is near the lower left edge of this stunning, wide field view recorded on January 13

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